HUD AWARDS $127 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON, DC – January 14, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $127 million in grants to 48 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards (see chart below).

The grant funding announced today will clean up lead and other health hazards in more than 11,000 homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning.  Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood.  Other materials in the home can trigger allergic responses and asthma.

“Protecting the health, and indeed the futures, of our children is a top priority for HUD. We cannot allow children to be poisoned in their own homes,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “These grants will help communities around the nation to protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards.”

HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims added: “With these grant awards, HUD makes it clear that providing healthy and safe homes for families and children is a priority.  It’s simple: you can’t be healthy if your home is sick.  There are far too many ‘sick homes’ in our communities, and these funds will target the worst of those homes.  HUD is committed to protecting children from these hazards, as part of the Department’s effort to help make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable.”

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:

Grant Program

Funding Awarded

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program

$66,600,000

“Healthy Homes Initiative” funding

$2,300,000

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

$48,000,000

Healthy Homes Production Grant Program

$10,000,000

 

TOTAL    $126,900,000

Through these grant programs, HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint.  A complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today can be found on HUD’s website .

Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today.  Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing.  At higher levels, lead can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death.

The funding announced today includes more than $114 million to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units.  These funds are provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs.  To expand the reach of HUD’s Lead Hazard Control Program, more than $13 million of this funding will support new grantees.  HUD is also providing nearly $2.3 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.  Finally, HUD will award $10 million in Healthy Homes Production grant funds to address housing-related health hazards, such as accidental injury, mold and moisture, and carbon monoxide poisoning, through direct improvements that affect the health of children and elderly adults.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today:

State

Grantee

Program*

Amount

Arizona Sonora Environmental Research Institute HHP

$999,550

California City of Los Angeles LHRD

$4,500,000

  City of San Diego Housing Commission LBPHC

$3,100,000

  City of San Diego Housing Commission HHP

$1,000,000

Colorado City and County of Denver LBPHC

$2,026,698

Connecticut City of Bridgeport LBPHC

$3,099,996

  City of Hartford LHRD

$4,496,236

  City of New London HHP

$200,482

District of Columbia Rebuilding Together, Inc HHP

$1,000,000

Georgia Center for Working Families, Inc HHP

$800,000

  City of Atlanta Dept. of Planning LBPHC

$2,100,000

  Georgia Dept. of Community Health LBPHC

$2,100,000

Illinois St. Clair County LBPHC

$1,587,581

Iowa City of Dubuque LBPHC

$3,099,948

  City of Dubuque HHP

$999,973

Kansas Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment LBPHC

$3,100,000

Massachusetts City of Brockton LBPHC

$2,100,000

  City of Lawrence LBPHC

$3,100,000

  City of Somerville LHRD

$1,876,179

Michigan Saginaw County LBPHC

$3,100,000

  Southeastern Michigan Health Assoc. HHP

$999,995

Minnesota City of Duluth LBPHC

$1,144,684

  Minnesota Dept. of Health LBPHC

$1,742,698

Missouri St. Louis County LBPHC

$2,406,067

Nebraska City of Omaha LBPHC

$2,100,000

New Hampshire City of Manchester LHRD

$3,967,678

New Jersey City of Newark HHP

$1,000,000

  City of Newark LHRD

$4,500,000

New York Broome County Health Dept. LBPHC

$2,100,000

  Westchester County LBPHC

$1,749,639

  City of New York Dept. of Housing and Preservation and Development LHRD

$4,500,000

  Onondaga County LBPHC

$3,100,000

  City of Schenectady LHRD

$3,212,641

  City of Syracuse LHRD

$2,947,266

North Carolina City of Greensboro LBPHC

$3,100,000

  State of North Carolina LBPHC

$2,596,543

Ohio City of Cincinnati LHRD

$4,500,000

  Cuyahoga County Board of Health LHRD

$4,500,000

  Erie County LBPHC

$3,100,000

  City of Lorain LBPHC

$2,100,000

  Mahoning County LBPHC

$3,100,000

  Ohio Health Dept. LBPHC

$2,100,000

Oregon City of Portland HHP

$1,000,000

Pennsylvania Harrisburg LBPHC

$2,206,487

  City of Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health HHP

$1,000,000

Rhode Island Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation LBPHC

$3,100,000

       
Tennessee Tennessee Dept. of Environmental and Conservation LHRD

$4,500,000

Vermont Vermont Housing and Conservation Board LBPHC

$3,100,000

Wisconsin City of Milwaukee Health Dept. LHRD

$4,500,000

  City of Sheboygan LBPHC

$1,528,296

  Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services HHP

$1,000,000

*Grant program abbreviations are as follows:

HHP – Healthy Homes Production
LBPHC – Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (includes Healthy Homes Initiative supplemental funding, as applicable)
LHRD – Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

NOTE: Complete individual project summaries are available on HUD’s website.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

Contact:
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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